Best horror films on Netflix UK 2018

Best horror films on Netflix UK 2018


Billed as the scariest film of the year, Veronica‘s arrival to Netflix sprang pieces on "what it was like to watch Veronica" left, right and centre. Obviously, everyone was being dramatic, but Veronica still makes for spooky, if utterly predictable, viewing. Premised on the "ouja board" horror clich and set in 1991, this Spanish horror sees young protagonist Veronica conduct an ouja summoning "just for fun" with friends in the basement of her Catholic school, while all the nuns have run off to watch the eclipse. The seance actually works, and Veronica, naturally, becomes possessed. If you enjoyed The Conjuring and Hereditary, you’ll like this one.


When Lena, a cellular-biology professor (Natalie Portman), is told her husband, a soldier, is missing in action, she struggles to cope. And then, without warning, he comes through the front door a year later. Lena’s joy quickly withers when it becomes clear her husband is not the man he once was: his memory is blank and his behaviour unrecognisable, suggesting a sinister experience behind the electromagnetic field called "The Shimmer", where he was deployed. Determined to find out what has happened to him, Lena joins four women in a military expedition and, faced with hideously mutated creatures, is the only one who survives. Swapping gore for the eerily fantastical, Annihilation – directed by Ex Machina‘s Alex Garland – isn’t your bog-standard scream-fest, but it gets under the skin and will have you googling plot theories well into the night.

The Witch

Starring Anya Taylor-Joy (known for her compelling performance opposite James McAvoy in Split), The Witch is an unsettling portrayal of a puritanical family in 1630s New England. After Samuel, the youngest child, goes missing under the watch of his elder sister, Thomasin (Taylor-Joy), the children’s mother becomes highly suspicious and accuses Thomasin of witchcraft. As unfortunate events continue to deliver blows to this grieving family, Thomasin becomes a scapegoat and an omen, until even her only ally – her father – also turns his back. Robert Eggers’ Sundance prize-winning feature debut is as much about loyalty and trust as religion and evil.

Gerald’s Game

In an attempt to spice up their sex life, married couple Jessie (Carla Gugino) and Gerald (Bruce Greenwood) invest in a pair of sturdy steel handcuffs. Chained to the bed, Jessie’s arousal soon turns to panic as her husband dies from a sudden and unexpected heart attack. What’s more, there are no neighbours for miles, the handcuffs are too strong to break and the phone is just out of reach. Far more than just a sex game gone wrong, this suspense-driven Stephen King adaptation from Hush director Mike Flanagan tests the viewer’s psychological endurance almost as much as Jessie’s, who, at one point, must helplessly watch a dog begin to eat her husband while she remains unable to move.


A cult horror, Creep is recorded in the style of "found footage" and its premise is effectively simple: a film maker, Aaron (played by the film’s director Patrick Brice), answers an online ad for a one-day job in a remote town to record an adieu from Josef, a dying man (Mark Duplass), to give to his unborn son when he comes of age. Josef’s idiosyncrasies (a wolf mask, a tendency to over share) soon become warning signs and a call to Aaron from Josef’s wife confirms our worst fears. So disturbing is the ending we recommend watching soothing "Tiny Kitchen" videos on repeat afterwards.


Many years ago, a GQ staffer went on a date with a girl – a first date, in fact – and decided to go to the cinema and watch a film that he knew nothing about. That film was Hostel. What followed was one of the most disturbing hour and a halves that he has ever sat through. Set in an Eastern European city, the film follows a group of backpackers who are kidnapped to be tortured by the wealthy members of the Elite Hunting Club. It’s torture porn through and through: gory, bloody, relentless and, frankly, revolting. There was no second date.


It’s silly, it’s schlocky, but Scream still stands up as a popcorn thrill ride. When it was released in 1996, this relatively cheap movie took $173 million worldwide and reignited the slasher genre for a new generation of viewers – although none of the films that followed in its wake (including Scream 2) ever matched the original. Question: what’s your favourite scary movie?



September 20, 2018 at 08:02PM